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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues the 2017 season on Wednesday night with the 28th annual Bud King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut. Below is a stastical look at the race, including selected participant notes:
Bud 150 Setup:
• This marks the third of the four appearances for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson for the 2017 season. Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece have already visited Thompson's Victory Lane in 2017. The fourth and final appearance is scheduled for Sunday, October 15, where the champion will be crowned.
• The Bud 150 marks the beginning of the second half of the Whelen Modified Tour season. With eight races down and eight races to go, Timmy Solomito leads Rowan Pennink in the championship standings by just seven points.
• Solomito (three) and Ryan Preece (three) are the only two drivers with multiple wins on the season. Rowan Pennink and Bobby Santos III have also visited Victory Lane. Four-time series champion Doug Coby, who won five races last season, has yet to visit Victory Lane in 2017.
At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park:
• The historic 0.625-mile oval opened in 1940 and has held at least one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race since the series started in 1985.
• The track held three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in history, with the first being won by Neil Cole back in 1951.
• The track also has a non-NASCAR road course, where events are held throughout the year.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Tour returned to Thompson for the first time since 2009 on July 8 this season, with Harrison Burton going to Victory Lane.
• There have been 136 Whelen Modified Tour races in the history of Thompson, which is the most of any other facility on the 2017 schedule.
• Seven-time series champion Mike Stefanik holds the lead with 15 career wins at the Connecticut oval, while Doug Coby, Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore lead all active drivers with five career wins.
• There have been 46 different pole winners at Thompson. Tony Hirschman leads the list with 13 career poles, while Doug Coby and Ted Christopher are the active leaders with seven poles each.
•In the Icebreaker, Rowan Pennink snapped a dry spell that dated back to 2009 for the Boelher Racing team. Pennink enters Wednesday's Bud 150 just seven points from the lead on the heels of seven top 10 finishes in eight races.
Race: #9 of 17 overall
Race Date: Wednesday, August 9 at 7:45 p.m. (approx.)
Track Layout: 0.625-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (93.75 miles)
2016 Winner: Justin Bonsignore
2016 Polesitter: Doug Coby
1-Lap Qualifying Record: 123.376 mph (Bobby Santos -- April 2011)
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)